Goanna ate my homework: YEAR 2 - Science - Evaluate

Little J shares his bird feather collection with B-Boy. In school, Little J promises to find bush tucker to share with the class. The problem is that he doesn’t know how to find bush tucker. He enrols the help of Big Cuz and Nanna to teach him ‘proper way’ to identify and track animals. The group finds emu eggs but overnight a greedy goanna eats them. Nanna comes to the rescue by making spaghetti bolognaise for the class.

Evaluate - Share observations and ideas

Theme - FAUNA

Evaluate what students have learnt (what they know and can do) from using Little J & Big Cuz, Episode 5 ‘Goanna ate my homework’ as a stimulus for learning in relation to the Science curriculum.

Assess the success of the module through reflecting on:

  • the identification of animals and plants into categories reflective of acknowledges criteria
  • what is the basic scientific process for testing a hypothesis
  • how animals survive in the Australian environment: native and introduced
  • the importance of Aboriginal science and/or Torres Strait Islander science to understanding the different ecosystems of animals.

As a culmination of their learning in this module, students could

  • develop understanding of the interrelationship between animals and their survival, via a student blog that informs students in other countries about Australia
  • identify the different fields of science, and research Australian scientists within these fields
  • explore the ecologies of their backyards to discover which animas live there
  • interview older relatives who have lived in the area for a long time and document their memories of how the area/land has changed over time
  • create an oral presentation about why the local environment is a special place.

Student evaluation tools

Students could self-evaluate their learning using a monitoring journal (physical or digital) where the teacher lists the key understandings and concepts students needed to acquire through the module.

Where applicable, construct a self-evaluation as a poll, rating their responses using.

Students can use a learning worm to evaluate their work, adapted from link below:

Teacher reflection tools

Reflect on your teaching of the module. What worked well? What needs more work? What would you add, change or omit in future? Ask students to rate your efforts and recommend areas for improvement. You may want to refer to broader resources for reflection or for gaining feedback, for example: